Compromise solves Butte marijuana grow operation controversy

Posted at 9:04 AM, Aug 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-17 11:04:53-04

BUTTE –  What started out as a controversial issue last week involving a medical marijuana provider in Butte growing marijuana in a former school in the Greeley neighborhood, was resolved with a compromise on Thursday.

The Butte Zoning Board gave medical marijuana provider Lacee Monique a 120-day extension to move her operation out of the former Greeley school.

Monique said afterward she very happy with the compromise.

“I didn’t think they’d give it to me, it was kind of a shot in the dark, but it gives me long enough to give the neighbors what they want and I want them to be safe, I don’t want to be somewhere where I’m not welcomed,” said Monique.

This compromise was reached after the city initially told the medical marijuana provider that she had to cease and desist operations last week. Monique said the extension will give her enough time to move her operation out of the former Greeley building and into another location that’s properly zoned for her business.

“I do have an idea, but I’m not telling anyone. With a couple of exclamation points,” Monique said.

Some residents from the Greeley neighborhood who were initially against this grow operation in their neighborhood said they are pleased with the compromise.

“It’s a good compromise, we’re going to let the lady stay in there another 120 days so she can get her product up and runnable and sellable and she can make a little money and she promises to vacate the building and that’s what we want,” said Danny McClafferty.

Monique will continue to operate her store on Harrison Avenue, but move the grow operation to another location over the next 120 days.